Notable Alumni


Oscar-winning, avant-garde film-maker, director of ‘If’ & Critic


KCMG - 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith

1940 -

CMG - Former Ambassador to Algeria (1990-4) and Jordan (1994-7)

1936 - 2012

CBE - Composer


Former MP for Buckingham, Berkshire landowner and former High Sheriff of Berkshire

Chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd, Wine & Spirit merchants, St James’s

1929 – 2004

Leading banker, (father of Helena)


Liberal politician, Life Peer and grandson of Prime Minister H.H. Asquith

1908 – 1983

GBE, KCB, DSO - British soldier, deputy Supreme Commander Europe of NATO’s Allied Command Europe from 1967 to 1970.

1947 -

7th Earl of Bradford

1952 -

8th Marquess of Donegall

1917 - 1998

CB, OBE, PhD - Colonel Commandant, Royal Engineers and senior university lecturer

1961 -

15th Earl of Dundonald

1907 - 1941

11th Baronet

1934 -2019

3rd Viscount Davidson

1927 - 2015

OBE Author; OBE for services to literature

1961 -

OBE - BBC security correspondent

1936 - 2015

President of the Law Society, Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

1913 - 1998

KBE CB - WWII naval commander

1934 - 2001

father of “Bear” Grylls

1949 -

Formerly Paymaster-General and MP for the Somerset constituency of Wells

1941 - 2016

Former High Sheriff of Devon

1938 -

10th Earl of Roden. Eldest son of the 8th Earl of Roden.

CBE (1908 – 1986)


1958 -


1915 - 1998

CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC Royal Air Force WWII airman, left-handed golder, author & MP

(1913 – 1983)

British diplomat, KGB colonel and member of the Cambridge Five spy ring

Investment banker, Deputy Chairman of the National Trust and Trustee of the Barbican Centre Trust

1942 - 2006

2nd Baron Sherfield, Anglo-American diplomat, foreign policy expert, author

(1911 – 13)

International art collector and benefactor to the British Museum


Chairman of the issuing Houses Association

1964 -

Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame

1916 – 1979

DSO, OBE, MC, TD - Soldier, Colditz escapee, barrister & MP

1930 -

2nd Baron Newall, businessman, diplomat and politician

1932 - 2017

Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster 1976-1980, Lord Justice of Appeal 1985, Acting Master of the Rolls 2000 and Deputy Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the Takeover Panel.

1976 -

Comte de la Marche

1940 - 2021

KBE - 4th Earl of Selborne, Conservative Peer, Chairman of the Foundation for Science and Technology 2006-

1971 -

Olympic rower (1996 games)
[Mandatory Credit Peter Spurrier/ Intersport Images]


Travel writer and conservationist. Brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

1958 -

Chairman of the GLC, Labour Chief Whip 1982-1990


Classical scholar

1953 -

Chairman of the Shareholder Executive


GCB, CBE, DSO - Played a significant role in the Battle of El Alamein. Later appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Command, Quartermaster-General to the Forces and Chief Royal Engineer.

1901 – 1997

MBE - Archaeologist

Eton top scholar, great nephew of Stowe’s founding head

1954 -

Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts

Queen’s Counsel

1945 -

2nd Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Lord Lieutenant of Kent and former soldier

1915 - 1971

7th Baron Stanley of Alderley, 6th Baron Eddisbury and 7th Baron Sheffield

CB - Director of the Royal Artillery 1991-4, Chairman of the CCF Association

1930 - 2017

Bishop of Southwell, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens

1906 - 1995

Royal portrait artist

1985 -

Royal portrait artist

1938 -

Commander of the Royal Dragoons

1929 - 2019

distinguished UK architect and writer

1933 - 2020

co-founder of London & Quadrant Housing Association (£35 billion national housing charity)

1911 - 2002

CBE, DSC, RN - Wartime Navy Commander and Arctic explorer

CVO Prominent in worlds of banking, insurance and oil. CVO of Royal Jubilee and Prince’s Trust. Great Officer of the Order of St John and President of YMCA England.

1932 -



Here are just a few of our awards from over the last few years.

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Outstanding response to COVID

We are delighted to announce that we have, once again, been selected as finalists in the Independent School of the Year Awards organised by the Independent School Parent magazine.

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2021 Tes Prep School of the Year

This award is for continued excellence. ‘It recognises more than academic achievement, but innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables’.

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Shortlisted- Tes Prep School of the Year, Award for Wellbeing

The wellbeing initiative is specific to ways the school has improved mental health of the children during this period. This relates to the work of the community in the daily Radio and TV programmes during lockdown.

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Shortlisted- TES Independent Schools of the Year, Award for Marketing.

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

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Finalist - TES Prep School of the Year

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

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Finalist - TES Creativity Award

This award recognises the Radio and TV as our strategy to promote the pastoral side of the school to a wider community. Sharing the ‘magic’! Marvellous.

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